Increased productivity is needed to maintain high food grain production: NS Tomar

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said India apart from being self sufficient in food production has the capacity to meet food needs of much of the world. Keeping in mind the needs and challenges of the future, the country is moving forward with strategic plans, he said. We are aware that to maintain high production of food grains, we must also increase productivity. He said that the incorporation of new agricultural technologies, their sharing with farmers and a better irrigation system will reduce the cost of agricultural production and will also lead to an increase in the production and productivity of food grains. Shri Tomar said everyone’s cooperation is needed, so that our farmers’ incomes increase and we continue to contribute to the food security of the country and the world.

Shri Tomar was virtually addressing the “Leeds-2022 Conference” organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). During the session on “Food for All: From Farm to Fork”, Shri Tomar said that despite the Corona pandemic, India’s agricultural sector has witnessed a significant achievement of 3.9% growth rate. Moreover, our agricultural exports have crossed the Rs 4 lakh crore mark, which we must continue to increase. Shri Tomar said that with a world population estimated at around 900 crore by 2050, the demand for food will increase rapidly, leading to increased demand for agricultural land, pasture for livestock, fertilizers and genetically grown crops. modified. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, agriculture has grown tremendously in the country in recent years. We have become the second largest food producer in the world, he said. India’s geography, climate and soils are very diverse, so it is naturally excellent in producing a wide range of agricultural products. Shri Tomar said we can grow more crops than any other nation. India has the highest crop density in the world. According to the fourth advance estimate, India’s foodgrain production in 2021-22 is 315.72 MT.

Shri Tomar said that to make India self-reliant (Atma Nirbhar) and internationally competitive, the government is continuously working for the growth of smallholder farmers. Many important programs are implemented in this direction, in order to reduce agricultural challenges and increase farmers’ incomes. Along with this, India is rapidly advancing to become the world leader in the agricultural sector. He said the agricultural industry in India is expected to gain momentum in the coming years due to increased investment in agricultural infrastructure including irrigation systems, storage and cold storage. Furthermore, the increased use of genetically modified crops is also expected to increase the yields of Indian farmers. Shri Tomar said that under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, the central government’s target is to invest more than Rs. 70,000 crores in the fisheries sector by 2024-25. The government plans to increase fish production to 220 lakh tons by 2024-2025.

The Union Minister said that the PLI scheme for food processing is being implemented with an incentive of Rs 10,900 crore over the next 6 years, at the same time, under the Krishi Udan scheme, an assistance and incentives are provided for the movement of agricultural products. by air transport, which is particularly advantageous for the northeast and the tribal areas. Farmers, freight forwarders and airlines benefit. Digital Agri Mission was also launched. Technology will increase transparency, so farmers will fully benefit from all schemes. Drone technology is also promoted. The more technology and transparency in agriculture increase, the more profit there will be. Shri Tomar said the National Oil Palm Mission was started with an expenditure of Rs 11,000 crore. He said that under India’s leadership, the International Year of Millet will be celebrated next year, preparations for which are in full swing.

New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Development, Agriculture, Biosecurity, Land Information and Rural Communities, Mr. Damian O’Connor, along with industry and government representatives other people were present at the conference.

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